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Close the Divide

Earth Day

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It might be a stretch to call it a “feel-good” climate change film, but Thomas Acton’s Close the Divide is at least an attempt to balance the dire predicament the world faces with a dispassionate assessment of what’s already happening to mitigate the worst; celebrate game-changing technological developments; and suggest that reframing our expectations might be the most important first step we can take. As one scientist puts it: “What everyone want to know is, how do we unlock action without tipping people into paralysis?” Acton talks to energy experts, climate analysts, psychologists, businessmen and behavioural scientists to persuade us to reexamine our ideas and put polarization aside.


Panel discussion with director Thomas Acton; Jiaying Zhao, Canada Research Chair in Behavioral Sustainability and professor at UBC Department of Psychology and IRES; and Brendan Glauser, Director of Communications, David Suzuki Foundation; moderated by Kevin Eastwood (director/producer, The Society Page; British Columbia: An Untold History)


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Thomas Acton


Chris Turner, Renee Lertzman Ph.D., Mac Van Wielingen, Dr. Jiaying Zhao Ph.D., Sara Hastings-Simon Ph.D., Tushar Choudhary Ph.D.

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90 min

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Executive Producer

Michelle Wong, Thomas Acton, Chris Krieger, Michael Glossop


Thomas Acton, Chris Krieger


Thomas Acton, Eric Rose


Bradley Stuckel


Jordan Bosch

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